It stinks to have any type of pests around your home or business, especially stink bugs. But not everything about stink bugs is bad. In fact, there is a benefit to having them around. Here are 10 truths about stink bugs, including the story behind their common name.
Stink Bugs Do Stink
It’s true. Stink bugs really do stink. When a stink bug is squashed or it feels threatened, it releases a substance with a foul odor that has a chemistry similar to the herb cilantro. Their odor is so strong it will remain in a household vacuum cleaner, so don’t use a vacuum to remove the stink bug from inside your home or office.
Control Other Pests
There is a benefit to some stink bugs. They can keep plant pests under control and will eat leaf beetle larvae, caterpillars, and other pests found in a garden.
Fish Don’t Eat Stink Bugs
Fish will eat a wide variety of insects, but they don’t eat stink bugs because of their taste. However, mice, praying mantises, and daddy long-leg spiders all eat stink bugs.
Stink Bugs Don’t Hurt
Unlike some pests, stink bugs do not hurt humans. They do not bite and don’t have a stinger but their exoskeleton can cause dermatitis when it makes human contact. They are also known for damaging crops.
Attracted to Yellow
Stink bugs like the color yellow. A good trick to keep the stink bugs away from your property is to put a yellow plant far from entrances to attract the stink bugs and keep them away from you.
Like to Be Close
Stink bugs like to stick together in groups, similar to ants and termites. If you see one stink bug, odds are you will see others nearby.
Short History in the U.S.
Stink bugs are becoming more common and have only been in the U.S. since the 1990s. Stink bugs are native to the regions of China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
Found in Almost Every U.S. State
It didn’t take long for stink bugs to spread across the U.S. to 43 states and two Canadian provinces. The eastern U.S. has the toughest battle with the bugs causing severe problems in the agricultural industry.
Stink Bug Season
Stink bugs are typically active in March and April, but they reappear in your home during September. If you are enjoying a drink outdoors during stink bug season, be sure to keep your drink covered. Stink bugs will get into your glass and will be tough to spot among ice cubes.
Stink Bugs Are Hard to Kill
Soapy water can be a safe method to trap and dispose of stink bugs indoors, but if there is an infestation the most effective method is to call a pest control professional.
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